Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful will be making environmentally friendly birdfeeders with fourth grade students at McDaid elementary at 10 a.m. Friday.The city of North Platte will provide free hot chocolate and cookies to those students who bring their birdfeeders to Cody Park to hang on the trees.
This is an good way to teach kids fun and easy ways to help take care of wildlife and environment during the cold winter months, organizer Holly Carlini said.
The feeders will be made out of recycled toilet paper tubes, peanut butter and bird seed. Twine to hang the feeders is made out of natural string which will also provide birds with material to make nests.
Not only is this activity fun for kids, it also helps bird through harsh winter conditions when food may be hard to find or buried under deep snow, Carlini said.
Common winter birds and how to attract them with food types:
• Northern cardinal - ground tray, post or tube feeder. Food: sunflower, safflower, peanuts, cracked corn, white millet, white bread, melon seeds, raisins or bananas.
• Purple finch - high post, hanging or tube feeders. Food: sunflower, safflower, thistle, peanuts, suet mixtures, white and red millet.
• Bluejay - ground, any seed or suet feeders. Food: whole corn, striped sunflower, peanuts and suet mixtures.
• Black-capped chickadee - any type of feeder or the ground. Food: sunflower, safflower, suet mixtures, peanuts, thistle, peanut butter and pie crust.
• White-breasted nuthatch - all feeders. Food: sunflower, safflower, suet mixtures, peanuts, peanut butter and pumpkin seeds.
• Woodpeckers - suet, hanging log feeders and post feeders. Food: suet and suet mixtures, cracked corn, peanuts and fruit.
• Mourning dove - ground or low tray/post feeders. Food: cracked corn, white and red millet, safflower, thistle and wheat.